SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a comprehensive offering for SAP customers running solutions from PeopleSoft and JD Edwards (JDE) with a flexible road map that includes SAP applications, technology and maintenance services. The offering provides companies a safe passage away from the uncertainties arising out of the acquisition of those software brands by Oracle Corporation and a clear road map to assist these companies in evolving to the next generation of business software.
In making the announcement, SAP revealed that it had acquired TomorrowNow, the industrys most experienced third-party support provider of enterprise maintenance and support for customers of PeopleSoft and JDE. TomorrowNow is headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The SAP offering includes maintenance and software support for PeopleSoft and JDE solutions through TomorrowNow and will initially be directed at companies who are already joint SAP customers. The offer will provide these customers with the comfort and flexibility to plan their maintenance and software migration strategies at their own pace. Under this SAP safe passage program, organizations running PeopleSoft and JDE will be able to quickly extend their IT infrastructure with the SAP NetWeaver platform, which includes connectors for JDE and PeopleSoft solutions. As a result, these organizations will benefit from an integration of their entire IT landscape with one open platform that enables flexible business processes across the entire company. Customers will gain the benefit of SAP NetWeaver and safe passage maintenance support by licensing mySAP ERP, SAPs best-in-class ERP solution, or any other solution in mySAP Business Suite. License terms will provide for substantial recognition of the value of PeopleSoft and JDE software licenses, providing companies with the additional comfort of investment protection.
SAP indicated that there are approximately 2,000 companies globally running SAP solutions who also have headquarters, plant facilities, subsidiaries and satellite operations running PeopleSoft and JDE solutions. SAP said this new offer would be particularly attractive to existing SAP clients who are now forced to deal with the challenges of figuring out what to do about the PeopleSoft and JDE solutions running somewhere in their extended enterprise.
In making the announcement, SAP said its safe passage program was a considerably better opportunity for customers than other third-party offerings because:
-SAP assumes the maintenance, service and support issues across the customers SAP and PeopleSoft/JDE environment;
-Customers gain immediate integration benefits from SAP NetWeaver, which will allow them to extend the life of their existing investments in PeopleSoft and JDE;
-SAP has defined a clear road map for migration to best-in-class business software, as well a services-oriented platform to drive business innovation via next-generation applications like SAP xApps packaged composite applications.
Our first priority is assuring SAP customers that their relationship with SAP protects them from this disruption, and it is clear that companies running PeopleSoft and JDE solutions have serious concerns about the future of those software packages and how they will be supported, said Bill McDermott, president & CEO, SAP America, Inc. As the trusted advisor and business software solutions leader, SAP can bring comfort and choice to this situation by offering our customers reliable long-term maintenance while providing a comprehensive road map to next-generation enterprise solutions. On the one hand, we can offer companies protection for their PeopleSoft and JD Edwards investments, and, on the other hand, we can provide safe passage for customers as they migrate and consolidate their systems environment.